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In the book, “Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero” by Tom Clavin and Danny Peary, chapter one opens up with a story about how Bob Dylan became a fan of Maris during his 1961 home run chase.

Here’s an excerpt from the book:

“Among those rooting for Roger Maris as he closed in on Babe Ruth’s record in September of 1961 was a folksinger whose nascent career took off that month in New York City thanks to a rave in the Times and his first studio work. Although he wasn’t much of a sports fan, Bob Dylan felt pride when he learned that the ballplayer making national headlines also hailed from Hibbing, Minnesota.”

“Dylan was born in Duluth and didn’t arrive in Hibbing until he was seven and had nothing good to say or sing about it after he left and didn’t look back. So it’s ironic that he became the town’s favorite son, while Maris, who was born in Hibbing, was consigned to outsider status. The reason is that Dylan at least acknowledged he was from there. “It still burns me up that Roger claimed he was born in Fargo, North Dakota,” says Bill Starcevic, his childhood playmate in Minnesota. Roger didn’t care if the record books or trading cards got his birthplace wrong or if no one knew he’d changed his name to Maris from Aras in 1954, infuriating the many Marases of Hibbing. IF he thought something was trivial–or personal–he was surprised when others made a big deal of it.”

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With the start of the regular season right around the corner, I suggest you guys start looking into some of these new Yankees books:

Derek Jeter: From the pages of The New York Times    

Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil

The Yankees Baseball Reader    The House That Ruth Built 

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I’m proud to announce that the 2011 Maple Street Press Yankees Annual is only a few weeks away from hitting the newsstands. MSP is taking pre-orders now if you want it hot off the press.

Edited by Cecilia Tan, with articles written by several writers, including: Joe McDonald, Howard Megdal, E.J. Fagan and yours truly.  I’ve written a piece on Yankees pitching prospect Dellin Betances entitled “The Pride of Brooklyn.” I would just like to thank Cecilia Tan for giving me this opportunity to contribute to the annual.

What else is in the magazine?

  • Pitch-level scouting reports revealing the strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies of every key player
  • The good, the bad, and the ugly: Breaking down the Yankees rotation
  • Robinson Cano: Was his MVP-caliber season a fluke or is he barely getting started?
  • The Yankees lineup is filled with greats, but who will eventually get the Hall call?
  • The top 10 hitting and pitching prospects, and who is set to arrive in The Bronx first
  • Lefty? Righty? Both. An interview with ambidextrous hurler Pat Venditte
  • Bombers Dozen: The Yankees MVPs from Ruth to A-Rod
  • 27 Places every Yankees fan should see before they die

Price: $12.99, Publication Date: March 2011, Pages: 128  (more…)

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Well-known sports author, Les Krantz, has come out with a new book entitled: Yankee Classics: World Series Magic from the Bronx Bombers -1921 to Today-. This is really a one-of-a-kind book, as it delves inside each World Series the Yankees played in. The design of the book, and the pictures inside will blow you away. They also include a DVD, which is narrated by Yankee great, Reggie Jackson. This book would be a great gift for any Yankees fan. 

Editorial Review:

No team, in any sport, enjoys a championship legacy as celebrated as the New York Yankees—and no book provides as thorough an exploration of that legacy as Yankee Classics. With year-by-year recaps filled with stories and photos, the book goes through all 40 World Series the Yankees have participated in, including the seven-game classics and the four-game cakewalks. Profiles of the biggest stars of the Fall Classic—from Ruth and Gehrig, to Berra and Mantle, to Jeter and Rivera—and detailed sidebars on the memorable moments, the October rivalries, and the lesser-known heroes round out this comprehensive look at an unprecedented sports success story.

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Alex Belth of Bronx Banter has come out with a new book, called Lasting Yankee Stadium Memories: Unforgettable Tales from the House That Ruth Built. Buy your copy today!

America foremost sportswriters and other personalities offer their favorite memories of Yankee Stadium, the world’s most famous ballpark. In Lasting Yankee Stadium Memories, editor Alex Belth of BronxBanterBlog.com collects personal essays by some of the most well-known and respected voices in sportswriting and entertainment today. In these revealing, sometimes hilarious, oft-touching essays, the contributors recount their favorite moments inside the most famed of all American stadiums. The book also includes a special chapter on the new Yankee Stadium.
 
Alex Belth is the author of Lasting Yankee Stadium Memories and Stepping Up, a critically acclaimed biography of Curt Flood, and a regular contributor to SportsIllustrated.com. After eight years spent working in the film industry for such notable filmmakers as Ken Burns, Woody Allen, and the Coen Brothers, Beth in 2002 founded BronxBanterBlog.com (now part of SNY TV’s blog network), which has become one of the most popular New York Yankees sites on the Internet. A lifelong Yankees fan, he lives with his wife in the Bronx, New York.

Contributors include: Bob Costas (NBC, HBO) • Richard Ben Cramer • Pete Hamill • Tony Kornheiser (ESPN) • Tom Boswell (Washington Post) • Dave Kindred (Washington Post) • Leigh Montville (Sports Illustrated) • William Nack (Sports Illustrated) • Joe Posnanski (Sports Illustrated) • Jane Leavy • Pat Jordan • Maury Allen (New York Post) • Bob Klapisch (Bergen Record) • Tyler Kepner (New York Times) • Allen Barra (Wall Street Journal) • Marty Appel • Jeff Pearlman • Alan Schwarz (New York Times) • Charles Pierce (Boston Globe) • Steve Rushin (Sports Illustrated) • Nathan Ward • Mike Vaccaro (New York Post) • Rob Neyer (ESPN.com) • Ken Rosenthal (ESPN) • Scott Raab (Esquire) • Luis Guzman (more…)

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Here are two books that are set for release in the near future:

THE LAST BOY: MICKEY MANTLE: AND THE END OF AMERICA’S CHILDHOOD

Hardcover: 480 pages : Publisher: Harper (October 12, 2010)

“Award-winning sports writer Jane Leavy follows her New York Times runaway bestseller Sandy Koufax with the definitive biography of baseball icon Mickey Mantle. The legendary Hall-of-Fame outfielder was a national hero during his record-setting career with the New York Yankees, but public revelations of alcoholism, infidelity, and family strife badly tarnished the ballplayer’s reputation in his latter years. In The Last Boy, Leavy plumbs the depths of the complex athlete, using copious first-hand research as well as her own memories, to show why The Mick remains the most beloved and misunderstood Yankee slugger of all time.”

“Candid, compassionate…the best of the Mantle biographies.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Beauty of Love (Foreword by Joe Torre): A Memoir of Miracles, Hope, and Healing

Hardcover: 304 pages : Publisher: Atria (August 31, 2010)

“JORGE and LAURA POSADA were accustomed to being on top of the world. After a romantic courtship, the lives of these newlyweds were filled with unimaginable success and joy. But all of that changed when their first-born son was diagnosed with craniosynostosis, a birth defect that causes an abnormally shaped skull. Their priorities swiftly changed, as Jorge and Laura navigated their way through the challenges of their son’s diagnosis and eventual treatment, which has included eight major surgeries. Laura stayed home with her son, while Jorge suffered in silence as he tried to stay strong under the pressure to perform as a Yankees baseball player.Amid their fear, confusion, and anxiety as young parents, they decided to keep their son’s sickness a secret to protect him from a media frenzy, but in time they realized it was this very celebrity status that would allow them to make a difference—not only for patients with craniosynostosis but for people suffering from any type of illness. They decided to open the Jorge Posada Foundation to help kids with the same condition, a decision that gave new meaning to their lives. Before being a celebrity athlete or a lawyer, Jorge and Laura are a father and a mother, a husband and a wife—and the fortitude and foundations of their family values have helped them face even the worst of days. The Beauty of Love is more than a memoir about dealing with childhood illness—it is a heartfelt and uplifting illustration of how a couple can endure stress and strife and come out stronger on the other side.”
 
“The sacrifices that Laura and Jorge endured for their son will resonate with parents everywhere. It’s impossible to not be moved by The Beauty of Love.” — KELLY RIPA, co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly

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On August 3rd, the New York Yankees posed for their annual team photo. One thing was missing though. It was Alex Rodriguez. Apparently, he didn’t get the memo. The Yankees director of publications, Alfred Santasiere III, stepped in for Alex at the last-minute and the photo was taken. If you look at the photo below, you will see a man in a suit standing next to Joba Chamberlain (that’s Al Santasiere). When the photo is released to the public, that will be Alex Rodriguez.

Well, all of the players except for Alex Rodriguez — who I had to step in for at the last minute (as you see in the photo below). I’m standing next to Joba Chamberlain, who yelled out, “Al is filling in for Al. Everything is going to be alright!”
 
Anyway, I will let you in on the worst kept secret in team photo history. When you see the photo in one of the next issues of Yankees Magazine (either September or October) — you’ll see A-Rod in the shot, and it will look like he was really there. 
 
The men and women of Grandstand Design — the New Jersey firm that designs Yankees Magazine — are very talented. If you don’t believe me, check out A-Rod in the 2010 team photo. 
You guys should really check out Al’s blog (Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine), which gives you a preview of what will be included in future Yankees publications. He does a great job.
 
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For all of you guys that don’t know, there’s a new book out called: Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero (by Tom Clavin and Danny Perry). I just got the book a few days ago, and I find the history and behind the scenes stories fascinating. This is a MUST for any Yankee fan.

Book Info:
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Touchstone Books (March 16, 2010)
“It would have been a helluva lot more fun if I had not hit those sixty-one home runs.” -Roger Maris 

About the Book (Press Release):

The definitive biography of the baseball legend who broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home-run record—the natural way—and withstood a firestorm of media criticism to become one of his era’s preeminent players.

Tom Clavin and Danny Peary trace the dramatic arc of Maris’s life, from his boyhood in Fargo through his early pro career in the Cleveland Indians farm program, to his World Series championship years in New York and beyond. At the center is the exciting story of the 1961 season and the ordeal Maris endured as an outsider in Yankee pinstripes, unloved by fans who compared him unfavorably to their heroes Ruth and Mantle, relentlessly attacked by an aggressive press corps who found him cold and inaccessible, and treated miserably by the organization. After the tremendous challenge of breaking Ruth’s record was behind him, Maris ultimately regained his love of baseball as a member of the world champion St. Louis Cardinals. And over time, he gained redemption in the eyes of the Yankee faithful.

With research drawn from more than 130 interviews with Maris’s teammates, opponents, family, and friends, as well as 16 pages of photos, some of which have never before been seen, this timely and poignant biography sheds light on an iconic figure from baseball’s golden era—and establishes the importance of his role in the game’s history.

ROGER MARIS may be the greatest ballplayer no one really knows. In 1961, the soft-spoken man from the frozen plains of North Dakota enjoyed one of the most amazing seasons in baseball history, when he outslugged his teammate Mickey Mantle to become the game’s natural home-run king. It was Mantle himself who said, “Roger was as good a man and as good a ballplayer as there ever was.” Yet Maris was vilified by fans and the press and has never received his due from biographers—until now.

“Forty-nine years later, Roger Maris remains the authentic single-season home-run king. Perhaps too little, certainly too late in recent years, he has been venerated and vindicated. Better yet, in these pages, he is appreciated.”—BOB COSTAS (more…)

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Ruthless Baseball: Yankees Purified by Fire Stadium Construction by Harry Swanson

Ruthless Baseball: Yankees Purified by Fire Stadium Construction was written by Harry Swanson. This is the only book that documents the building of the “Stadium” in 1922/23. It covers from 1919 to 1923. Every issue, every penny fully accounted for. Ruth did more than build the Stadium, he saved the Yankees franchise from a forced
sale.

The book has been out there for a while, but I just started reading it and I can’t put it down. This book is for any Yankee fan, but it’s especially for those fans who love the rich history of this great organization. I suggest you go pick it up.

Summary: This story is about endless problems and assaults against the Yankee franchise between 1919 and 1923. It involves bookmakers, racetrack owners, bootleggers, gamblers, shakedown artist, promoters, murderers, those with political clout and simply an over supply of corrupt underhanded individuals. They would and could muscle anyone that was a threat or hadn’t earned the right to succeed. (more…)

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Marty Appel has come out with a new book  162-0: Imagine a Yankees Perfect Season. It’s a must read for any Yankee fan. The book delivers the greatest wins of all-time in the history of the New York Yankees. Do you ever dream of the Yankees having a perfect season? Well, then this book is for you.

Even the greatest baseball teams lose 30 percent or more of their games each season. The 2009 New York Yankees are a perfect example of that, as they won 63.6% of their regular season games and went on to win a championship.
The book includes foreword from former Yankee and Red Sox killer Bucky Dent. Some of the most memorable victories include:
  • Mickey Mantle’s Yankee debut against Boston on April 17, 1951
  • Babe Ruth omering in the first-ever game player at Yankee Stadium on April 18, 1923
  • Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak reacing 56 games in Clevelandon July 16, 1941
  • Derek Jeter tying Lou Gehrig’s record for most Yankees hits on September 9, 2009

A little bit more about the author: Marty Appel: Former New York Yankees Public Relations Director and thier Emmy Award-winning TV producer, is the author of 18 books including the New York Times best seller Munson: the Life and Death of a Yankee Captain, the Yankees classic memoir Now Pitching for the Yankees, and collaborations with Tom Seaver, Bowie Kuhn, Larry King and umpire Eric Gregg. He runs Marty Appel Public Relations (www.AppelPR.com) out of New York City.

The book’s publishing company is Triumph Books. It was just released in March 2010 and is 256pp. I suggest you guys pick it up. (more…)

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Typically available only to sportswriters, broadcasters and Yankees players, coaches and front office staff, the New York Yankees 2010 Media Guide is the ultimate insider’s resource and collectible. The Media Guide contains complete stats and biographies of every current player and coach in the entire Yankees organization, along with the definitive written and statistical history of the club since its inception in 1903. Sleek, portable, and with hundreds of photos of Yankees past and present, the Yankees 2010 Media Guide is simply the best and most comprehensive book about the Yankees anywhere. Pre-order your copy of the New York Yankees 2010 Media Guide today. All media guide orders will be shipped during the second week of March. Serious collectors please note the additional availability of a limited-edition, front-office spiral-bound version of the Yankees 2010 Media Guide. After initial distribution to Yankees front office personnel and select media members, remaining copies from the 750-book run will be made available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. Buy One Today (more…)

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